The Spiritual Art of Memoir: Discovering the Invisible Thread of Grace

  • Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram
  • 108 Yogaville Way, Buckingham, VA 23921, United States
  • Mar 20 - 22, 2020 (3 days)
  • Shared Dorm - Bottom Bunk - $450.00 Shared Dorm - Top Bunk - $450.00 Dormitory - Private - $540.00 LGH - Single (Full Bed) - $590.00 LGH - Double (2 twin beds) - $590.00 LGH - Family room (Queen Bed) - $590.00 Tent-Site - $390.00 (All prices includ

About This Event

If you’re thinking about this workshop, you weren’t born yesterday. You’ve lived and loved, won and lost, celebrated and grieved. You have many stories to tell. All stories have an inside and an outside. The outside is linear—it happened in what the Greeks called chronos—or clock time. But inside, there is a hidden thread of grace. It’s an archetypal story of awakening that lives in the multidimensional world of kairos—the timeless dimension.

In this workshop, the bones of your spiritual journey will emerge through your memoir writing. Other like-minded individuals will be your mirror, and you will come together to make meaning and share the legacy of your life.

During this weekend of memoir writing, you will:

Journey down the metaphorical river of your life

Identify transformative experiences, angels, and sacred enemies

Identify one or more narrative arcs in your life

Write from your soul

Laugh, cry, love, celebrate, and heal

See your life as a spiritual journey

Testimonials

The time with Joan was so important and meaningful. The Yogaville setting and meditation time facilitated a deeper understanding of myself and I have found my voice. The writing and reading sessions brought so many threads of my life into focus. I can’t wait to continue tying them all together! — Mary Hobson

Joan is a magnificent workshop leader. Sher struck a perfect balance between inspirational instruction and time for writing. — Maureen Anderson

Joan has a giving spirit. I was blown away by her practical intelligence, her ability to make us think without pressure. This was just what I needed, and I didn’t really know it. — Lourdes S.

Truth is One, Paths are Many. ~Sri Swami Satchidananda, Yogaville Founder

Venue Highlights

Yogaville is home to the Light of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS). The LOTUS is a unique temple dedicated to interfaith understanding and the Light within all faiths. Individual altars represent and honor the different world faiths and spiritual paths. The vision, design and inspiration of Sri Swami Satchidananda, LOTUS was dedicated in 1986. It demonstrates, “Truth is One, Paths are Many.” In the peaceful countryside of Virginia, the doors of LOTUS are open to welcome people of all backgrounds and beliefs.

Accommodations

The all-inclusive prices of our accommodations provides you with three delicious buffet-style vegetarian meals daily, meditation, and Hatha Yoga classes in addition to other activities.

Dormitory
The most popular accommodations we have are Dormitory Accommodations – shared room and shared bath. We have two dormitories, Vivekananda Vihar and Ramalinga Nilayam, which are centrally heated and air-conditioned and convenient to meals and programs.

Lotus Guest House (Private Room)
Each room in our six unit guest house is equipped with a small refrigerator, queen size bed and full bath. Each room in our nine unit guest house is equipped with a queen sized bed and full bath, and no refrigerator.

Tenting
Set off in a quiet, wooded area adjacent to the Lotus Guest Houses are twelve campsites. Campers have use of the bathroom, shower, and laundry facilities nearby Vivekananda Vihar dormitory. Camping is available from March 15th to December 1st.

Amenities

  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free

Menu/Cuisine

Organic, vegetarian/vegan food
Labeled ingredients
Lacto-vegetarian
Gluten-free and vegan options
Salad bar
Large herbal tea selection
Coffee is available for purchase at Mandala Cafe

Directions

Yogaville offers transportation from the airport, train and bus stations in Charlottesville, VA. If you are driving Google Maps has reliable turn-by-turn directions.

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